Le Corbusier, Furniture and interior  


“How to compress a complex program into simple, cubic element”

“All those ridiculously fancy pieces of furniture, whatever their names maybe or whatever forms they have, will be replaced by standard cabinets built into or onto the wall wherever they are needed for a specific function in daily life and fitted with an interior to match”

“The steel tube for a serial production” “persuasive embodiment of a new lifestyle – a lifestyle appropriate for the semi-nomads of the economic life of today”

Cité de refuge du corbusier = Bâtiment comme un microcosme de la société. Idée de concevoir un bâtiment pour des personnes en transit.

“An heterogeneous clientele which changed from one day to the next”

“The design should take account of the behavioral norms of different peoples.”

Abalos Inaki, The Good Life

Huts, parasites and nomads : the deconstruction of the house

“Man is no longer a free and centered individual who creates and builds in his own image: he is a social product, a function of fixed relations of power whose norms of behaviour are subject to surveillance.”

“The subject is no longer an individual producer of meaning, but rather a heterogeneous conglomerate, fuzzy of outline, a movement, a “variable and dispersed entity whose authentic identity and place are constituted in social practices” “

Dispersion of the subject

The parasite

“this new way of being is conventionally described as a rise in mobility and, hand in hand with it, a diminution of the importance of the family and of the domestic rationale, that traditional association established between a place, a house, a family lineage and a physical location in which to inscribe one’s existence.”

“the abandonment of a rationalizable model of mobility or behaviour“

The Tokyo nomad girl, Toyo Ito: minimal structure, tent, hut

“it avoids over-accumulation and regulates the fluidity of circulation of commodities”

“privacy, reduced to the bare minimum, will only be protected by a fine veil, a second skin housing a few objects”

“They don’t truly inhabit it, they occupy it provisionally. It is in their mobility, their being en route, that these subjects can register in their spatial conception there isn’t a world of figures and ground, but fluidity, fugues, continuities and vortices. This is the perception of the nomad, a space made up of continuities and singularities, the “smooth” space that Deleuze contrasts with the “striated” space proper to sedentary perception, of the institutional city and house.”

“as a version of Abbé Laugier’s primitive hut, actualized through the gaze of a nomadic subject for whom nature is no longer an innocent, virgin land but a cultural construction, a heuristic metaphor of the cybernetic global city, its authentic nature.”

“A tactil or rather “haptic” space and a sonorous more than visual space”

Toyo Ito, Tokyo Nomad girl